I visited the elephant orphanage in '99 and again this year.
What I have noticed is that this time round it was all about the money.
The orphange is great to rescue lame/orphaned elephants. What is not great is the men working there who want money if you are taking photos.
Or asking for money to feed the elephants.
The entrance fee (2000rupees) for adults is itself quite high. You walk in, see the elephants, watch two get fed and leave, this does not take so long, then you can walk down a street, lined with traders, to two restaurants at the end (slightly overpriced with not the greatest food) and watch the elephants bath in the river.
It all seems fairly forced this time round.
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